1. Tree Musketeers Search for Community Forester

    Tree Musketeers is a trendsetting, youth-led nonprofit located in El Segundo, California. Their mission is to empower young people to be environmental leaders.   The organization is currently seeking an individual with a unique combination of urban forestry experience and strong interpersonal qualities to serve as Community Forester. This person must be equally comfortable digging in the dirt, teaching classes or conducting business.   To view the full position description, click here. You can send your one-page resume and cover letter to jobs@treemusketeers.org.
  2. 2014 California Arbor Week Winning Posters

    We’re excited to announce the winners of the 2014 California Arbor Week Poster Contest. Thanks to everyone who participated and congratulations to our winners!   And thanks to all of our Poster Contest sponsors: CAL FIRE, Union Bank, and the California Community Forest Foundation.   3rd Grade Winner Carolyn Lum, Roseville     4th Grade Winner Paige Davis, Wheatland                                                     5th Grade Winner Alyanna Almario, Beale Air Force Base
  3. Prop 39 Implementation

    Let’s Shade Some Schools California voters passed Proposition 39 in 2012 by a 60% margin in order to eliminate a corporate tax loophole and provide $550 million each year over the next five years for energy efficiency projects throughout the state.   Flash forward to the present. The California Energy Commission has adopted Proposition 39 implementation guidelines, and is ready to roll out nearly $430 million to schools and community colleges to support energy efficiency upgrades that range from solar panels to HVAC improvements to, yes it is true, tree planting projects that support energy conservation.   This is a...
  4. Welcome to Houston Park

    The underserved Houston neighborhood in Visalia had no public gathering places or recreational facilities. The new Houston Neighborhood Park, planted by Urban Tree Foundation in partnership with California ReLeaf, represents the hard work of numerous volunteers from the community coming together to create positive change in their neighborhood. More than 280 volunteers were on hand to make the park opening a success. Children were given an educational presentation about urban forests and the benefits of trees. Over 90 children in attendance were surveyed on their knowledge and opinions of trees. The Houston Neighborhood Park planting event planted 43 trees and...
  5. Ready your Crayons! Pick up your Cameras! Plant a Tree!

    California Arbor Week Contests Highlight the Importance of Trees   Sacramento, Calif. – Two statewide contests are being held to celebrate California Arbor Week, March 7-14, a statewide celebration of trees. These contests are designed to increase awareness of and appreciation for the trees and forests in the communities where Californians live, work and play. Winners will be featured at the State Fair and awarded cash prizes.   Third, fourth, and fifth grade students throughout California are invited to participate in the Annual California Arbor Week Poster Contest. This year’s contest, themed “Trees Make My Community Healthy,” is designed to...
  6. Neighbors Rally at HBTS Event

    On August 24, a few volunteers met to plant ten trees in Burke Park in Huntington Beach. It turned out that the park, surrounded by a residential area, was the perfect spot for the Huntington Beach Tree Society to plant trees and educate volunteers about their importance.   Jean Nagy, the Tree Society’s Executive Director, explained, “When volunteers started planting early that morning, it seemed like the neighbors could not stay in their homes. So many of them just had to give a helping hand.”   The homeowners were thankful for the work done to beautify the park. What they...
  7. Partnering to Protect the Bay Area’s Water

    California ReLeaf recently supported the recruitment and training of two interns for The Watershed Project’s Tree Team Project who will act as Richmond Rain to Roots program ambassadors in Richmond’s Iron Triangle and Sante Fe, two low-income, high-crime neighborhoods in the city.   Training for the interns included 20 hours of basic watershed awareness curriculum that included urban forestry concepts and benefits, climate change topics, storm water pollution and an introduction to green infrastructure solutions. An additional 16 hours was spent training them for the outreach portion of the program. The interns learned how to promote the tree-planting program both...
  8. Planting Trees Around the World

    TreeMusketeers, a California ReLeaf Network member and kid-led tree planting nonprofit in Los Angeles, has been encouraging kids around the world to plant trees. Their 3×3 Campaign began to get three million trees planted by three million kids to fight global warming.   3 x 3 Campaign arises from the simple idea that planting a tree is the easiest and most meaningful way a child can make difference for the Earth. However, acting alone can feel like trying to put out a forest fire with a squirt gun, so 3 x 3 creates a pivot point for millions of kids...